This series of courses is designed to train municipal and county finance personnel in the responsibility of everyday fiscal operations. All eight courses are required for the state designation of Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO).
The Municipal Finance Administration (MFA) for CMFOs course is an option for the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk, Qualified Purchasing Agent and/or Registered Public Purchasing Official/Specialist, the alternatives being MFA for Clerks and MFA for Public Purchasing Personnel.
Municipal finance officers, treasurers, clerks, purchasing agents, tax collectors, commissioners of finance, council members, other municipal officials, and interested citizens are invited to enroll in the courses as long as the prerequisites are satisfied.
Final examinations are administered and the passing grade is 80%. Failure requires students to re-take the course.
The CMFO curriculum includes a prerequisite of basic accounting knowledge to ensure that students are adequately prepared to complete the program. A minimum of six credits in Introduction to Financial Accounting and/or Managerial Accounting (Accounting 101 and 102) at the college level, or completion of the Introduction to Accounting course, is required prior to attendance in the Current Fund I and subsequent accounting courses. An opportunity to "test-out” of the introduction course is available for individuals whose experience with accounting principles has prepared them to meet the demands of the curriculum. To make arrangements to take the test, email firstname.lastname@example.org; the exam administration carries a $150 fee.
For complete certification requirements for the CMFO designation, see N.J.S.A. 40A:9-140.1-3.
For additional information on becoming a CMFO or CCFO, contact the Certification Unit, Division of Local Government Services, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, at 609-633-6349, or visit http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dlgs/